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The Spotnicks, The Shadows & The Ventures – When Instrumental Bands Ruled the World

Posted by V.B., March 8, 2011 03:55pm | Post a Comment
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It looks like the Spotnicks must have influenced DEVO! This wacky early ‘60s Swedish band was the number two instrumental band in Europe behind the Shadows.




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The Shadows were originally Cliff Richards’ backing band. John Lennon said, “before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.” Their instrumental career began with “Apache.”


 

Since we’re playing “Apache,” here are some other famous versions. Below is the 1961 hit version in the U.S. by Jorgen Ingmann, a Danish guitar player.



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The Art of the LP Cover: Halloween Special - Satan and Co.

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 26, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment


I've included a Pan cover or two since he helped forge our western Devil character.

The Art of the LP Cover- Up, Up and Away...Balloons!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 3, 2010 05:30pm | Post a Comment

R.I.P. BOB BOGLE OF THE VENTURES

Posted by Billyjam, June 16, 2009 10:13am | Post a Comment

Guitarist Bob Bogle, who co-founded the Ventures (known for such hits as "Walk, Don’t Run” and “Perfidia”) died on Sunday after suffering for several years from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Vancouver, The VenturesWash resident was 75. As a part of the Ventures, the legendary instrumental rock band with a distinctive guitar sound that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008, Bogle leaves behind quite a legacy.

The Tacoma, WA garage-rock band formed in 1958 by Bogle along with Don WIlson who both shared a strong passion for guitars. In 1960 they scored their first hit with an inspired instrumental remake of the Chet Atkins song “Walk, Don’t Run” (above) with Bogle on lead guitar.

The Ventures' version would go on to become one of the most influential songs in rock history and not only launched their long successful career but also helped lay the ground for what became known as "surf music," although they are not technically a surf band. The Ventures' guitar playing has influcenced guitarists in bands for generations, ever since their first hit almost fifty years ago. The prolific group has sold 100 million albums and they still perform to this day. Bogle had stopped playing some years ago due to his illness. R.I.P. Bob Bogle.

In Color

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, September 27, 2008 11:45am | Post a Comment
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Jose Feliciano Christmas LP coverAlvin & the Chipmunks the Alvin Show LP coverThis is the Ventures Vol. 2 japanese lp cover
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Klaus Schulze Dune LP coverFresh Aire LP coverAnthology of the British Blues LP cover Eric Clapton Jimmy Page Savoy Brown T.S. Mcphee John MayallBandit LP coverNat Adderly Calling Out Loud LP coverBandit Lp cover back
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